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|27 weeks 4 days ago||There is genius in your comment...||
...in that I can't quite tell if it's satire or serious. But, if you must know, my politics are as follows: [LENGTHY JEREMIAD REDACTED BECAUSE NO ONE GIVES A DAMN].
|27 weeks 4 days ago||That's fair, and that's why...||
...I wrote that it's a short-term answer to some problems, including the one you identify. But continuing to allow universities to prop themselves up based on "cheap" (i.e., low-interest) money is just a guarantee that tuitions will continue to increase. I.e., if people can pay it, even if it's based on crippling loans, they will charge it. And even though high tuition is the main problem, a low interest rate is still big money when tacked onto a high principal.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||OK, don't shoot me if I'm missing something...||
...I just looked up "Business Forward Michigan" on the Michigan LARA website and I couldn't find it listed. Even a non-profit would have to register, no? I mean, I see every iteration of "United Way of X" in there.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I upvoted you for three reasons:||
1. You referred to my post.
2. We signed up for the blog on the same day in 2008.
3. You actually Googled "Business Forward Michigan." Now I'm curious about it, too.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||I also want to note...||
...that issue of the cost of tuition is near and dear to my heart. I went to UM (twice) as an in-state kid and it was a great education value-wise and otherwise. But looking at the tuition now for both undergrad and my grad program, kids who come from my circumstances -- blue collar parents, lower middle class -- are basically shut out from attending. And that's a damn shame, given the school's (purported) emphasis on diversity. Having a school that's basically nothing but kids from well-off families isn't "diversity" just because they're not all white, it's an old Benetton ad.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Ha!||
First time in a long time anyone's said that i'm well-reasoned or informed on anything, so thanks. And I got little up/down arrows now!
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Mr. Behm sounds like a good guy.||
And I'm all for transparency in how the regents operate. But I'm a little concerned about his position on student loans. With respect to lowering the costs of attending UM, he is saying that a main priority will be to seek to lower student loan interest rates. With the caveat that I haven't devoted a ton of time to this, and that my morning coffee has already worn off, I wonder if that is really helpful or just ends up kicking the can down the road. I've read a number of economists argue pretty persuasively that prevalence of student loans is one of the reasons that universities have been able to gild the lily over the last couple of decades. (I.e., if you give everyone $100 to pay towards X, the price of X will end up increasing by $100. Tuition is no different.) Veronique de Rugy writes about this quite a bit.
But even if the interest rates are lower, it's still a loan that needs to be repaid based upon tuition that's spiraled out of control. That's the primary factor that needs to be addressed, IMHO. And I'm not sure how you do that without taking a hard look at why the university's gotten so much more expensive, and also talking about where/how to make some cuts.
Reducing the tuition would also, I believe have the impact of (over time) increasing state funding. Right now why would the state rep for, say, Escanaba, vote to have more of the public fisc go towards a flagship university that very few of his constituents can even afford?
I know the odds of tuition ever going down are minimal to non-existent, given the various fiefdoms that arise in a university setting. But I honestly don't see how lowering interest rates does anything but solve some short-term problems, and do see how it could in fact exacerbate the long term issue.
Anyways, my thoughts, and I'm always interested in how I might have gotten it wrong. And I wish Mr. Behm the best.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||Can't see his name without...||
...remembering him taking out 3 guys as a FB on an Anthony Thomas TD run against Wiscy.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||He's been on a couple of tv shows in the past.||
The great Brisco County Jr., and the awful Saved By The Bell: The College Years.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Bingo.||
It's much more likely that Hardaway gets an oReb on a Burke miss than the other way around. That's going to skew the numbers a bit.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Hmm.||
Not sure Ted Kennedy would have agreed.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Well played.||
Very well played.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||The David Terrell...||
...B.A.D.-Ass Co-ed Activities Liaison.
|3 years 1 day ago||One argument I'm not sure of...||
... is the notion that revenue sharing make the NFL a "socialist" enterprise. Well, no more than owning shares in a corporation is socialist. I've always thought of the NFL as one giant corporation, with each team representing a share. I.e., if I buy the Lions, I'm not really purchasing the Lions franchise as must as I'm purchasing a piece of the NFL, which is a giant money-making operation. Maybe I'm wrong, though.
The other points are fair, though I'm glad the MLB hasn't implemented relegation -- given the late 90s, the Tigers would have been in the Dominican Summer League.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||Time for my annual repost...||
...of this great article that shows what a tool Lemming is.
Of surprise to no one, Bo loathed the man.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Watching MR for the '86 version of The Game w/o audio...||
...but was that a failed 2-point conversion attempt? When the extra point would have put us up 3? I know I'm not supposed to critique Bo, but that seems ... questionable.
|3 years 9 weeks ago||Also!||
Blaha: Rick Mahorn, who does radio, was in the center of press row and went up to make sure that the gals, one of our official scorekeepers, wasn't injured — and that one of our longtime statisticians, who is physically impaired a little bit, didn't get hurt. I saw Ricky taking care of business.
Mahorn: You do what you gotta do sometimes in life.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Also:||
Maybe Dantonio was cheesed that he was sharing the stage with a lowly assistant coach instead of Hoke?
I imagine someone who's -really- paranoid could have seen this as "MSU head coach is only worth as much as a Michigan assistant."
|3 years 14 weeks ago||It'd be nice to get further confirmation.||
But it's clear from the MHSFCA site that the two (Dantonio, Hecklinski) were on the same panel this morning:
Maybe some enterprising soul can reach out to a camp participant? I'd imagine it was a pretty popular and well-attended session for HS coaches.
Regardless of whether this particularly incident is true or not, it's become pretty clear from all other actions to date (feuding with Hart, swipes at Michigan during unrelated press conferences, the incident in the Bacon book) Dantonio is one disturbed cat.
p.s. Good to see that they started out the morning with an "everyone attends" session on concussions.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||I think it was in the last 5-6 years...||
...that Austin Panter kid that everyone wanted desperately to work out at linebacker. For some reason he never cracked the rotatation.
|3 years 20 weeks ago||This phrase made my ears prick up:||
"[T]here does appear to be sufficient information to raise significant concerns as to whether a concentration of power in a single individual or program may have threatened or eroded institutional control of intercollegiate athletics at Penn State."
That's not an accidental choice of words. This is a necessary finding for a NCAA "death penalty."
Am I crazy for thinking that the B10 wants the Penn State football program to die for a few years? Do they have that power? And if not, what if the Big 10 (as opposed to the NCAA) finds that these concerns -- i.e., a lack of institutional control -- existed? Can the NCAA bootstrap onto the finding? Should I stop asking questions?
|3 years 22 weeks ago||THIS.||
"[W]e’re going to take some -- I don’t know if you call them ‘chances,’ I call them ‘opportunities’ when they come. "
Oh, what a wonderful thing to read these words.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Sorry, this popped up and I just had to post:||
On Friday afternoon, according to two team sources, new receivers coach Kermit Buggs gathered his players in a room at the PSU football complex and allowed them to talk with McQueary on a speaker phone.
During a brief and emotional conversation, McQueary told them, “I wanted to let you guys know I'm not your coach anymore. I'm done.”
When players asked, "Coach, where are you? Can we see you?" McQueary responded, “No, I'm actually in protective custody. I'm not in State College.”
McQueary added that he was, "Double-fisting it," meaning he was having two drinks at once.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Bieleman talking about playing between the whistles?||
Wasn't he Wiscy's coach when one of his special teams guys tried to twist Stevie Breaston's leg off after the play was dead? I don't recall any suspension / discipline meted out in that instance.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||This...||
...is the essential point. This guy was never coming to UofM. He wants to put out stuff that makes UofM look like it doesn't / didn't know what it is / was doing, that's all. All this noise about "neck-and-neck with State" is just that: noise.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Re: Lewan||
I was sitting behind the Michigan bench, about 15 rows back, and appeared that he was not well. It wasn't that he was favoring / protecting a limb, it just seemed like he was seriously gassed. I wouldn't be surprised if he had the flu or something.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||"No Spartan can be that stupid or ignorant."||
My dear brother-fan, as someone who grew up just outside of East Lansing before attending UofM (x2), I must tell you: you're dead wrong.
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Also check out some of SN's||
Also check out some of SN's comments below, which seem to have disappeared from the board but not from the Internet:
I'll give you this, HailToTheVictor...
...you've got balls. Big, fat, juicy ones. Dantonio-esque, even. Only you (and fifteen or so others on this thread) have the nuttage to take me on. All the other losers on this website are laughing, thinking I'm some sort of joke.
(Which I'm not! I'm as serious as George Perles at the Old Country Buffett on Grand River Avenue. As serious as Coach Dantonio's engorged man-meat pointing at the heavens towards his celestial birthplace. As serious as Cedric Everson walking through that door with one thing on his mind. But I digress.)
But you know better. You understand how important these internet posts are. How necessary it is to get the final word in over a fan of the opposition. That you can't let some Spartan waltz onto a Wolverine website and say things like "Caulcrick is pretty good" or "Hart should shut up" or "maize looks suspiciously like yellow." That a war of words over the internerd matters. Alone (with fifteen or so others) amongst these cowards, you grab a hold of your cojones and say: this will not stand. And I applaud you for it, br...
Whoa, that was close. True: in another life, we might have been brahs. If I close my eyes I can see it -- it's brah-tastic. But as brah-some as it might have been, we're doomed to be enemies forever. Like Cena and Batista, man. Cena and Batista...why can't they see they're on the same side? [Sob.]
Anyways, I'm out. Stay strong, HTTV. Stay strong.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||It's in regard to that 1989 agent case in Chicago.||
A writeup is here.
So, the question then was "why didn't Dan Webb cross-examine Bo?" I remember reading / hearing that in the pre-trial deposition Webb & Co. wanted to paint Bo as a wealthy guy making money off the backs of the poor players. But when they asked about his salary, they discovered it was -way- less than other top tier coaches. When they followed up with questions about the Nike / merchandising money, Bo explained that it was pooled and divided up among all the assistant coaches. And Bo's pure anger / righteousness just played too well to the jury.
I seem to recall that one of the AUSAs wrote up a recounting of the whole thing somewhere, but I can't find it. Points to anyone that can.
|3 years 32 weeks ago||He had one of the best blocking plays I've ever seen.||
On an A-Train sweep Shea pulled ahead, crushed Wiscy defender #1, then charged further downfield and wiped out Wiscy defenders ##2-3. And the camera and announcers were only paying attention to A-Train trotting into the endzone. If that is MANBALL, I'm all for it.